Sunday, September 16, 2018

I Held My Nose, I Closed My Eyes, I Took a Drink: Sunday Post #9

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Hurricane Florence has been a real roller coaster. For those who don't know, I'm in coastal Virginia. We were prepping for Isabel levels of destruction and then the hurricane turned south.

I hope everyone in North and South Carolina are safe and unharmed.

We are still in the process of moving out of the apartment and have until the end of September.
We are going to get a truck and some people to (finally) move the last of our big things out next weekend. I think once that happens, things will go a bit faster.

My husband is now able to walk without crutches or a boot. He goes in next Friday to see if he is cleared for work. (Cross your fingers!) He said he is walking well enough that he can actually come to the apartment and help out.

My son had tooth surgery yesterday. Luckily, the appointment was in the morning, so the whole "no eating after midnight" wasn't so bad.

I've been having issues with my Kobo Aura One syncing with my Overdrive account. I've been trying to get help, but the normal stuff isn't working. I even had to do a factory reset and still... nothing. I can check out books and download them just fine, but if I have holds I have to side load. :/
Last time this happened, it ended up fixing on it's own.


The State of the Blog


  • I've made the decision on affiliate links and, for the time being, I won't be using them.

Last Month's Posts



Anticipated Posts for Next Week


  • [meme] Top 5 Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday
  • [meme] I ♥ Characters
  • [meme] Book Blogger Hop
  • [Review] The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • [meme] Sunday Post #10!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bring Me Back - B.A. Paris

In a word...


Parts one and two were equally blah. There wasn't anything that had me wanting to read the next page and often I couldn't be bothered to. 

Part three is different. It's a bit wonky and could use some polishing, but I actually kept myself awake to finish it - which is something I was, literally, unable to do for the first two portions. 
While the twist was not quite believable, the ending was appropriate and satisfying, unfortunately the rest of the book was too much of a slog to make up for it.

I received a copy of this book from netgalley for a fair and honest review.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Dread Nation - Justina Ireland

I've been having a weird longing for a Little House on the Prairie meets zombies scenario.
While this one doesn't quite fit the above description... it definitely scratches that itch.

It was a fun ride and sped through it in a matter of hours.
I hope there is a second one.

Full Confession

I started writing this review over a month ago and don't have much to say about it. other than the above.
(Always start writing your thoughts down ASAP, you can always edit later!)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Blog Ahead - November 2018 [challenge]

This challenge is host by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and is all about catching up and getting ahead with your blogging.

Blogging can be stressful. Especially when life gets busy with vacations, school, emergencies or when a dreaded blogging slumps hit. Blog Ahead aims at helping cut the stress by blogging ahead and creating a stockpile of scheduled posts that are ready to go when life gets a little crazy.

Whatever number of posts you have scheduled on October 1...add 30 posts and THAT's the goal you're aiming for by November 1.

*All challenge posts must go live after the event ends to count.

It's still a ways off, so total post count will be announced later.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Sunday Post #8: An Un-triumphant Return

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Darkly, Dreaming Dexter
Dread Nation
The Hate U Give
The Outsiders
The Great Alone
Dorothy Must Die
The Great Alone
The Outsiders

Somehow managed to complete 3 readathons.
To be fair, these were not intense ones, but they were there and I managed to read 4 books over the course of 3 weeks, which given my massive slump and the shit storm that is my life right now... pretty damn good!

As of right now, I am only 8 books behind my Goodread goal! A few weeks ago it was 8! I think I may just be able to bounce back from this. *^-^*


Can I just say...
a massive failure.

For the record, I am not beating myself up at all.
I feel a little bit guilty for that, but the truth is ... I have a lot on my plate right now and that's okay.




My husband's surgery went well. (It was four weeks ago now!)
He is currently in a real plaster cast instead of the splints they've had him in.

Went to Michigan for a massive family reunion. That was nice... mostly. It wasn't bad, but carting an injured person halfway across the country is not simple. And we ended up just lounging around my grandparents the whole time and had to come home a day early for a doctor's appointment. Not a lot of sightseeing and ... I had to drive. I've never driven that much in one stretch or on the interstates like that in my life.
It was scary.

We closed on a house on Tuesday.
We still have the apartment until the end of the September, but my daughter wants her birthday party in the new house. (Next weekend!)

It'll be nice to have some space and not be all on top of each other.


The State of the Blog


  • I have not abandoned the blog. On my end, it feels like I have, I've just been overwhelmed with life this summer. (Thank you summer for being awful... as always. Come on, fall!)
  • I finally changed up my review style. A little less formal. Still not 100% how I feel about it. Will perhaps tweak it later, but I do feel less pressure with it now.
  • Strongly debating on (temporarily) getting rid of affiliate links. Few people actually click on them and I've only had two people purchase... which was almost a year ago. For the record, I never viewed it as some grand money making scheme. I just thought, eventually, I might make just enough to purchase a domain name. Clearly, I do not post enough at the moment for this to happen any time in the near future and I am finding it kind of tedious to track down the links. I'd likely still post links to the individual shops... they just wouldn't be tied to me. 


Anticipated Posts for Next Week


I'm trying to get my shit together. Really, I am.
Unfortunately, I still can not commit to anything at this time.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My Favorite.. Thing About 2018 So Far

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

This week's topic: Thing About 2018 So Far

I was kind of keeping this on the D/L, but...

We just closed on a house yesterday.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

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Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.

I read this one because it was not only featured on America's Favorite Read, but is one of my daughter's required reading for next year. It happens to take place in my home state (OK), but, no, I'm not from Tulsa.

The Outsiders makes me (more) angry at current YA trends. Ponyboy (and company) have problems, but it's not angst for the sake of angst. (YA authors take note: This was written by a teenage girl ... and the characters were not infuriatingly whiny balls of angst.)

It probably would have helped if I didn't have spoilers for this one. Unfortunately, with a book this old and a much loved movie, this is almost impossible. I wasn't aware the spoilers I had were major plot points that happen during the climax. I waited for them and it was quite a "long" wait.

The book is easy to read, though some of the slang is dated. I had to look up what a "heater" was. (Spoiler: It's a gun.) The rest can mostly be inferred. It's interesting to see what's similar and what has fallen out of favor. You dig?

I definitely recommend this one, especially if you are not even vaguely familiar with it.